Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Israel says it will allow some concrete into Gaza to build hospital

Sarkozy got a thank you from Netanyahu for his hardline stance on Iran when Israel announced that a French company would be allowed into the besieged strip to construct a new hospital. Assuming the Israelis don't go back on their promise, it should herald the first time that any construction materials have been allowed into Gaza since the recent war. Let's hope the Israelis don't destroy it a some point in the future with any more of their war crimes.
For the first time since Operation Cast Lead Israel will allow the transfer of construction materials into the Gaza Strip for the purpose of setting up a new hospital, Yedioth Ahronoth reported on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided to approve the transfer of materials following his meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy last week.

During the meeting, which was held amidst the UN General Assembly session, Sarkozy asked Netanyahu to allow the Palestinians to build the medical facility after securing proper funding from Qatar.

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Netanyahu to release 20 Palestinian women in return for Shalit video

Israel has said it will release 20 Palestinian women from detention in return for proof that captured soldier Gilad Shalit is still alive.

A statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said it was waiting to receive video taken recently by his militant captors in Gaza.

Israel holds about 10,000 Palestinians, including dozens of women.

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Israel also holds hundreds of children - GS